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Union Street bridge work over Route 283 starts tonight; Vine Street bridge to follow next month

If you use the Union Street bridge crossing over Route 283 in Lower Swatara Township on a regular basis, get ready for some possible delays — starting tonight. Starting June 28, traffic on the …

Prescription drug drop box installed at Lower Swatara Police Department

Lower Swatara Township police have installed a prescription drug drop box for use by the public. The secure drop box was received through a grant from CVS Health. “Prescription drug abuse …

Star Barn is back, and you can help raise it at upcoming festival

The Star Barn is coming back for Independence Day weekend, and you can help with its raising. Built in 1877, the barn was moved in the last year from its familiar location on Nissley Drive in …

Middletown police bike patrol hitting the streets

Middletown Police Department’s new bicycle patrol was unveiled during the Saturday, June 24 bicycle giveaway event held by Youth 10x’s Better Ministries at Wesley United Methodist …

Lower Dauphin's Milic wins oratorical contest

Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Hayden Milic, second from the right, was the winner of the Optimist Oratorical Contest Tuesday, May 2, and attended the zone competition in Reading on May …

Book by Middletown mom details challenges of raising son with bipolar disorder

When Linda Osifat of Middletown learned that her young son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she didn’t cry or rage. Instead, she felt relief. “It was such a relief to get a diagnosis. …

Nurses to discuss experiences in Vietnam

Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Round Table will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael Novosel MOH Chapter 542, 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg. Following a brief …
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Thompson scores, Pennsylvania winner of Big 33 football game

Jaelen Thompson scored a touchdown in Pennsylvania’s victory over Maryland in Saturday’s Big 33 game, but he struggled to find running room outside of that 4-yard run. Thompson was the …

Outgoing AD King says he wants to have more time with family

“You only get to be a father once.” Jeremy King, who is stepping down as the Middletown Area High School’s athletic director after four years, said family played a big role in his …

Blue Raider standout Jaelen Thompson ready for Big 33 game, but MAHS cheerleaders are rooting against him

Middletown Area High School cheerleaders Abby Yohn and Cameron Johnson will be on the sidelines at Saturday’s Big 33 football game. But they will be cheering against a fellow MAHS …

2016-17: Best Raider athletic year ever? Multiple teams, players reached new heights

The 2016-17 school year at Middletown Area High School is arguably the greatest in its sports history. The football team made the state championship game for the first time ever. The boys and …

Etter, Rickrode, Strohecker, McLure, Brookin, Elhajj enter Capital Area Chapter of the Sports Hall of Fame

Twelve central Pennsylvania sports legends, including representatives from Middletown, Lower Dauphin and Steel-High high schools, were inducted into the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania …

Middletown Legion squad picks up 12-7 win vs. Susquehanna

Aided by a two-run home run in the third inning, plus a substantial number of free passes via walks, the Middletown American Legion baseball team raised its record to 6-1 following its 12-7 …

Sweeny Murti in his own words: His top MAHS memories, the best player he ever saw, and more

Sweeny Murti has covered the New York Yankees since 2001 for Sports Radio 66 WFAN in New York. Here are the answers to several questions, in his own words. What are your best memories covering …

From Blue Raiders to blue pinstripes: Sweeny Murti has covered the New York Yankees for 16 years

It would be a fun coincidence if young Sweeny Murti had played youth baseball for Yankee’s Auto Parts during his time growing up in Lower Swatara Township. After all, the 1988 Middletown Area …
Local news

When police pull their weapons, it doesn’t always end in tragedy; police give example of how incident was minimized

The past few years have been rocked by police-involved shootings all over the country. One very high-profile case nationally came to a close June 16 when Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted …

If you want a military banner, you have a deadline of July 1 to mail in your request

If you want to buy a “Hometown Heroes” banner to be hung in Middletown to honor a veteran or someone currently serving in the military, your order must be received in an envelope that is …

Winning Powerball ticket sold at Sheetz on West Harrisburg Pike; how much is it worth?

A local gas station sold a winning lottery ticket in last Saturday’s Powerball lottery game. Pennsylvania Lottery media relations spokesman Allen Ziegler confirmed to the Press & Journal that …

'We got lucky': Brief but intense storm does some damage

“We got lucky.” That’s what Bob Ludwig of Middletown’s Public Works Department had to say on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a quick storm with high winds that ripped through much …

SCHOOL SHAKEUP: Bright moved from Reid, King out as AD, Shaffer leaving Fink

Despite an online petition with nearly 470 signatures and opposition expressed by a number of residents, Middletown Area School Board voted 9-0 on Monday to approve transferring Earl Bright from …

Group takes fight against drug addiction directly to youngsters

Area youths and parents were introduced to the world of drugs and their consequences during a Fighting Addiction Middletown Style-sponsored event at the Londonderry Fire Company on Wednesday, …
Editorials

Silence not golden when it comes to school changes: Editorial

Three key administrators in the Middletown Area School District are changing jobs. It’s one of the moves, however that sparked the most concern. That’s the transfer of Earl Bright from …
Columnists

Which legacy of U.S. will we choose to bequeath to our children?: Hector Garcia

Most Americans would agree that the great achievements that validated the claim to the American century, must continue. Most might agree that, if the United States had a formula to produce such …

On school property taxes, we are long past the conversation phase: Mike Folmer

I’m proud to support Sen. David Argall’s Senate Bill 76 to eliminate school property taxes because no tax should have the power to leave you homeless. Opponents want a “conversation” on …

Under the microscope — science the source of solutions: Harry Campbell

As a young boy, my curiosity about the woods, critters and water of the Back Mountain region of northern Luzerne County made for an exciting and formative time. As I observed the fish and habitat …
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